from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A good forage-grass, Lolium perenne. Also
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The Swiss cows, of a pretty dun-color, were kept stalled, and luxuriously fed upon freshly cut ray-grass, clover, or vetches, with an occasional sprinkling of meal; the calves were invariably reared by hand; and the average _per diem_ of milk, throughout the season, was stated at fourteen quarts; and I think
They are fed on turnips, mangels, or potatoes, with cut chaff of hay and straw, everything suitable being cut and steamed, in the winter -- on green clover, Italian ray-grass, and a little linseed-cake, in the summer.
(pick-up "agricultural equipment for the collection and storage of lucerne, hay, etc." -- the hay being made, no doubt, from ray-grass "a sort of English turf") to the abstractions of high finance.